Clean Eating: The Taco Party Edition

Hey Senorita’s! I was REALLY craving Mexican food last week and decided to host a small taco party. Who doesn’t love guac and tacos? I’m not into additives and processed food so I did some researching to ensure the products I was using were as clean as possible.

Taco ingredients are relatively clean on their own but those pre-packaged seasonings are no bueno. Take a look at the list of ingredients on the popular Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Packets:

Maltodextrin, Salt, Chili Pepper, Monosodium Glutamate, Corn Starch, Yellow Corn Flour, Spice, Sugar, Contains Less Than 2% Of: Natural Flavor, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Silicon Dioxide (Anticaking Agent), Yeast Extract, Ethoxyquin (Preservative).

Where are the actual spices? The last time I checked “Silicon Dioxide” was not a spice. That is one scary list of ingredients. The good news is you can make a cleaner version at home and likely have many of the herbs and spices already in your kitchen.

I didn’t have time to start testing out my own concoctions. Instead, I searched the web and came across this wonderful clean taco seasoning recipe by the He and She Eat Clean blog:

Clean Taco Seasoning

  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

I used this recipe on 2 lbs. of ground beef. It tasted like the real deal and was definitely a hit with the guests. No silicon dioxide needed.

Guacamole Ingredients

I love making my own guac! There isn’t anything better tasting than food created with fresh ingredients. I would suggest picking up avocados a day or two before your fiesta so they have some time to ripen. If they are already on the ripe side you can put them in the fridge to prevent them from turning brown. To make your own guacamole you will need:

  • ripe avocados
  • red onion
  • cilantro
  • lime juice
  • tomato (remove if on an elimination diet)
  • sea salt

Dice red onion, cilantro, tomatoes and combine in a bowl.  Add the avocado with chopped ingredients, squeeze fresh lime juice, season with sea salt and smash all the ingredients together. Ready to serve!

I like taco parties because it’s a no fuss gathering for the host. Set up a “make your own taco bar” with diced organic tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, guacamole and organic cheese (optional). I personally maintain a strict anti-inflammatory diet and skip the dairy. The tacos taste just fine without it especially using fresh organic spices and guacamole.

The only item at this taco party that came out of a box were gluten-free corn based taco shells which you can substitute for lettuce wraps if you would like.

Eating clean doesn’t have to be boring. Explore different cuisines and spices help to keep you on track and satisfy those cravings. Don’t eat garbage, throw a clean eating taco party instead!

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